Blue Star Line was formed as an initiative by the Liverpool-based butchers Vestey Brothers. They chartered their first ships from 1904, and began to buy their own ships from 1909 onwards. The Blue Star Line was officially inaugurated on 28th July 1911 and operated until 1998. They were one of the much loved British fleets of the 20th century.

The 10,381gt Roman Star was built in 1992 by Shikoku at Takamatsu as Chiquita Sulu, becoming Roman Star in 1994. After Blue Star’s closure she became Roman Bay and in 2004, Hawk Bay of Seatrade. In December 2013 she joined Ost-West-Handel und Schiffahrt GmbH of Bremen as Baltic Performer. She is seen here off New Zealand in August 1995. © PhotoTransport

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